Imperial China reviews
I visited this place with my husband, as our team's Xmas trip here was cancelled due to snow (I am so glad we did not make it then, as Xmas team parties are special). The food was lousy (our local Chinese restaurant's standards are way above this place) and it was a real disappointment. The staff were terrible too - the male and female in our section seemed to be having a domestic in their own language most of the time we waited for our food... uh!
I will never go there again nor recommend this place to anyone but as a 'sign poster'.
by Beejaye, 17 Apr 2011
by Kingston78, 10 Dec 2010
by martinpetrie, 21 Mar 2010
Food was even worse than the service. Three cups chicken tasted like cashew chicken without the cashews. Beef stir fried with black bean sauce tasted of curry powder and meat tenderizer. Pipa tofu had the consistency of a fishball. Belachan stir fried morning glory tasted like boiled vegetables with strips of chilli. When we complained, the waiter had the nerve to say that this is a Chinese restaurant, and since we had ordered off the Western menu we should expect mediocre food. He himself wouldn't have ordered what we had because it's not proper Chinese food! Last time I checked, I didn't know a Chinese chef can't stir fry morning glory without boiling it! Nor did I know that Chinese chefs are completely incapable of deep frying tofu and make a corn starch slurry without making it taste like gruel.
Thanks for a great night IC. Next time I feel like getting ripped off and treated like a second class citizen, I'll be sure to drop by and say hi.
by janetout, 27 Feb 2010
Average, non-offensive stuff that won't change your life BUT probably one of the most decent Chinese restos in the neighbourhood.
by Milla (46 reviews), 08 Dec 2008
The food was fantastic, some of the best Chinese food I've ever had. The vegetarian and the one with food allergies (there is always one!) were very well looked after. Two less people turned up on the night and we were not charged for them (even though the small print says you will be). There was so much food and we did feel bad that so much of it went to waste. The house wine was very reasonable at £12.90 a bottle and was very drinkable. They left all the empty bottles on a side table - I guess this was in case anyone wanted to question the bill at the end but we felt no need (but I thought this was good).
The staff and service were amazing - very attentive and polite, though they were a little quick clearing the plates away and ushering us out at end of the night. The place was very clean and very plush. The karaoke was great - very up-to-date and easy to use. All the other rooms seemed to be having equally as good a time as us. I (along with all the 25-strong hen party) were very impressed and no one had a bad thing to say about it. We had the £27.50 set menu and drank A LOT for 4 hours. The final bill worked out at £50 a head, which we all thought was very reasonable.
I would heartily recommend this restaurant for any sort of party in the private rooms. And, having sampled the food, I would say the a la carte menu must be great and will certainly be returning for a meal.
by racheln, 06 Oct 2008
by simive01 (2 reviews), 21 May 2008
I like the dark wood decor, and the interior comes across as clean and subtly stylish with the white table linen, while the staff are welcoming and polite.
There is a wide choice of dim sum, and sadly I always order the same things (why take the risk with new dishes when the favourites are so consistently good?): prawn dumplings (as a child, I was called 'Prawn Dumpling Princess'), prawn and chive dumplings, prawn cheung fun, roast pork cheung fun, egg custard tarts (3 small ones on a plate), steamed spare ribs with black beans, squid cakes with fresh coriander, seafood ho fun noodles and sometimes pork and preserved egg congee. The seafood here is very fresh and the prawns in particular are always firm and crunchy to the bite. £25.00, including service charge, for two people would leave you more than comfortably full at lunchtime.
A word of warning: I had dinner here once and it was atrocious. As we were entertaining a friend visiting from China, I felt very embarrassed and decided never to eat here in the evenings again. Dim sum however is different, as it is prepared by specialist chefs who have nothing to do with the evening meals. And I'm Chinese by the way...
by bobbypants (52 reviews), 02 Oct 2007
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by Anonymous, 13 Jun 2005
We had not booked so being asked to spend 20 mins in the stylish bar was no hardship, especially as we had our table in half that time. From a shortish menu, containing few surprises outside the Cantonese mainstream, we selected some Chicken and Sweet Corn and Won Ton soups, Lemon Chicken, Fried Squid with Spicy Salt and Pepper, Stir Fried Bok Choy, Plain Noodles and Bean Sprouts and some good sticky boiled rice. All came quickly and had a lightness and freshness of flavour, especially the Lemon Chicken's sauce, that suggested some subtle care in the kitchen. Service was good, friendly and informative without being intrusive - we felt equally welcome despite ordering so few dishes and only cha to follow up our G&Ts from the bar.
If you don't expect cutting edge cooking but do value good service, competent cooking and being able to converse without shouting and a bit more space than usual between tables in Chinatown then you shouldn't be disappointed.
by Anonymous, 25 Apr 2005
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